Seattle Storm forward and league MVP Breanna "Stewie" Stewart hopes to eat and drink all that her "heart desires" in coming days after leading her team to its third WNBA title Wednesday night. Seattle obliterated Washington and became the sixth team to sweep the Finals in three games. The club's first-ever trip to the WNBA Finals is even more impressive considering how much better the league is in 2018.
Elena Delle Donne scored 23 points, and Kristi Toliver had 22 for the Mystics, who were appearing in the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. She finished with 29 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. But we can't take our foot off the pedal. "And so we're poised to get better".
"I'm sure he's going to say we're not invited anyway". It's unthinkable. And yet, that's the situation in which the Mystics found themselves over the last couple weeks as a $40 million renovation of their now former home took place.
Upon entering EagleBank Arena - the site of Wednesday's game, as the Mystics' usual home at Capital One Arena undergoes renovations - the Storm received an inadvertent welcome despite being 2,700 miles from home.
"Honestly, it didn't feel like my first WNBA Finals close-out game", she said "I think the way I looked at it was just another game". The team's first two titles came in 2004 and 2010. Howard is the third player to win back-to-back WNBA titles with different teams.
Converting their 3-point attempts would be a big step in the right direction. In Game 2 they were 0-for-16, though they forced 15 turnovers and were in the game until the end losing 75-73.
If this were the National Basketball Association, the Washington Mystics' front office might be making calls to players of Paul George's or Kawhi Leonard's caliber right now.
"Every one of us, one through 12, the coaching staff ... helped us reach this point. To see them here now is not surprising at all, and we definitely appreciate it".
The Storm shot 50 percent from both the field (36 of 72) and from 3-point range (13 of 26).
Stewart was a unanimous choice to the all-WNBA first team, the league announced Wednesday, while fellow UConn graduate Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury extended her own record with a 10th first-team selection. Donning a clear face mask to avoid any more damage to her nose, Bird got tied up with Phoenix's DeWanna Bonner and Briann January in the fourth quarter and got up off the floor yelling that her face mask had been shoved.
"We understand that the difference here is we have a chance to win a championship and not just advance to the next round", Bird said. We feel like we've got a lot of young, great talent, and obviously this isn't how we wanted it to end, but it's an experience that we can grow from.
Now, fans can gear up with a brand new Seattle Storm t-shirt, celebrating their three-peat.